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How to book a tour for Antelope Canyon

The Antelope Canyons have fast risen to Top 5 status among the Page, Arizona area’s “must do” activities. You are required to tour them with a Navajo Tribe-authorized guide service, and advance reservations are an absolute must!  Why You Should Book In Advance…

Canyon Overview

So where does one start? To book a tour for Antelope Canyon, you must first decide whether you want to tour Lower or Upper Antelope Canyon, or both

Upper Antelope Canyon is an above-ground slot canyon. It’s an easy, flat 100 yard walk, following a 2-mile off-road ride from the Navajo Tribal Park Gate on US98 to the canyon’s entrance. Upper Antelope Canyon is also where you can catch those world-famous sunbeams between the spring and fall months, but only during peak time tours. If you are traveling with infants, young children, seniors, or anyone with mobility limitations, Upper Antelope Canyon would be the best choice for your slot canyon touring experience, however, only 2 of the 4 Upper Antelope Canyon tour operators allow children under 5 on their tours. Also, wheelchairs and strollers are not allowed due to the difficulty of maneuvering these devices through potentially deep sand. 

 

Lower Antelope Canyon is a longer slot canyon (~600 yards), situated below-ground. Touring it requires descending and ascending a series of ladders, and stepping over a few boulders. Access to the canyon is directly from the Tribal Park Gate on US98. If everyone in your traveling party is in reasonably good health and can handle moderate exercise, you should be fine in Lower Antelope Canyon. Although infants and younger children are allowed on Lower Antelope Canyon tours, parents should consider carefully whether this would be an appropriate or safe activity. Although backpack and chest child carriers are allowed, low rock ledges and other hazards could detract from the enjoyment of this experience for all concerned. Consider these facts carefully before booking a tour of Lower Antelope Canyon with your baby or toddler.

For more information on touring Antelope Canyon with young children, read “Antelope Canyon FAQ: Bringing Kids.” Also check out our Full Video Walk Through of Lower Antelope Canyon  

Introducing our new 2020 Deluxe Tours!

We know you didn’t come all this way just to see one part of such a magnificent Canyon. In the past it has been difficult to book more than one canyon run at a time due to the hassles of having to book through different vendors. Well no more! We have done all the hard work so you can Book your bundle today and enjoy the natural wonders that are the Upper & Lower Canyons as well as by boat! Find out why these canyons are some of the most photographed canyons in the world! The advantage of booking here on Antelopecanyon.az is that many times bundle deals are available when stand alone tours are not! 

Cancellation Policy : Cancel up to 72 hours prior to the tour departure for a full refund minus transaction fees

Lower Antelope Canyon & Boat Deluxe Tours

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So you’ve decided to tour both Upper and Lower Antelope Canyon on your upcoming vacation to Northern Arizona. Great!
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Upper Antelope Canyon & Boat Deluxe Tours

Upper Antelope Canyon in Page, Arizona, is the most famous slot canyon formation in all the world, and for good reason:
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The Triple Crown Experience

Dont like to make decisions? Afraid that you might miss out on what one of the canyons has to offer? Then the Triple Crown is for you!
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You wouldn’t to go Paris without visiting the Eiffel Tower, so why would you go to Page, Arizona and leave Lake Powell off your agenda?
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#2 – When you purchase a boat tour combo your  Park Entry fees is reduced from $37.00 to $2.00! Just show your Vouchers.
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#4 – Our bundle deals take into consideration how far you have to travel and how long you may have to wait to enter the Park or add time for lunches.
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Upper, Lower and Boat Video

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Upper Antelope Schedule of Times

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Antelope Canyon from Vegas Tour

Don't drive 4.5 hours one way when you can get on a plane and be back at your hotel the same night. Antelope Canyon day trip from Vegas

Antelope Canyon from Grand Canyon Tour

See aerial views of the Grand Canyon, then hike Horseshoe Bend and float back to the Grand Canyon on a smooth water river.

Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend Tour

Fly over Horseshoe Bend and then hike Antelope Canyon in the highlights tour. A great use of time when you are in the area.

Antelope Canyon Boat Tour

See Antelope Canyon from the water and you will see what water and time will do to the famous slot section in a few million years.

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  1. Will you be posting the reopening somewhere specific? We are visiting Arizona the week you (crossing my fingers) could possibly be reopened. I subscribed to the email but want to be sure to know ASAP! Thanks!

    1. Hi Kylie,
      Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but things are not looking promising for the reopening of the Antelope Canyons. What with new cases of COVID-19 cropping up in Arizona and elsewhere, and the Navajo Tribe being hit disproportionately hard, no one should be surprised if the closure of the Antelope Canyons is extended into August or beyond. Naturally, we’re keeping our fingers crossed, but we strongly advise that you start thinking in terms of a “plan B.”
      We recommend Red Canyon, aka Peek-A-Boo Canyon (not to be confused with Peek-A-Boo Canyon in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument!), a family-friendly slot canyon located near Kanab, UT, approximately 90 minutes from Page, AZ. With twists and turns on par with the Antelope Canyons, this short but memorable walk features classic slot canyon scenery (including the occasional light beams in the summertime), as well as some unique features such as ancient “moqui” steps, and “Shaman’s Needle,” a pencil-thin stone column located in a small sub-drainage near the canyon’s entrance. While a guided tour is not required to get to Peek-A-Boo, we strongly recommend that you consider taking one, because while the walk through the canyon itself is usually not difficult, the drive to get there can be. Reputable companies in Kanab, UT, that cover Peek-A-Boo are:
      – Dreamland Safari Tours, (435) 412-1790, http://www.dreamlandtours.net
      – TC Tours, (435) 668-5262, http://www.slotcanyontourskanab.com
      – Kanab Tour Company, (435) 644-5525, http://www.kanabtourcompany.com
      – Forever Adventure Tours, 435-644-5700, http://www.foreveradventuretours.com
      – Grand Circle Tours, (928) 691-0166, http://www.vermilioncliffs.net
      If you’re up for something a little more adventurous, Wire Pass Canyon is a photogenic two-part slot canyon that is short enough for intermediate-level hikers to enjoy, yet offers the option to delve further into Buckskin Gulch for those wanting more of a challenge. After paying a nominal self-permitting fee at the kiosk by the trailhead, the walk to the entrance of the initial slot is via a typically dry streambed, which usually consists of deep sand. An 8-10’ drop a short distance into the slot canyon is one reason why Wire Pass Canyon may not be appropriate for those traveling with young children, the elderly, or individuals afraid of heights. As the canyon walls become higher and closer together, they suddenly open up as the second slot connects with the Buckskin Gulch. If you’ve had enough at this point, you can simply turn around and head back to your vehicle. If you’d like to explore further, you can easily make a half-day hike out of the immediate area around the confluence with the Buckskin. Look for some bighorn sheep petroglyphs dating back hundreds, maybe thousands of years. Access to Wire Pass Canyon and the Buckskin Gulch is off US89 between Page, AZ, and Kanab, UT, on the House Rock Valley Road, another unpaved road that can be problematic for parties in rental cars. While it is accessible to 2WD vehicles much of the time, if recent weather has brought any moisture whatsoever, the HRVR can turn into a muddy, impassable mess. Here again, a guided tour, while not required, will get your family to Wire Pass Canyon and back in one piece, and turn you onto features you might have missed trying to find your own way. Page, AZ, and Kanab, UT based companies offering guided tours to Wire Pass Canyon and the Buckskin Gulch include:
      – Detours American West, 480-633-9013, http://www.detoursamericanwest.com
      – Paria Outpost & Outfitters, 928-691-1047, http://www.paria.com
      – Grand Staircase Discovery Tours, 928-614-4099, http://www.grandstaircasediscoverytours.com
      Hope that helps! Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  2. We plan to come through Arizona in mid-July. If the Upper Antelope Canyon has reopened for visitors, how much would it cost to just go through the upper canyon and not do a bundle package? Also, will we need to make reservations ahead of time and if so, how far out will we need to reserve?

    1. Hi Angie,
      Assuming that the Antelope Canyons reopen by the time of your visit, Upper Antelope Canyon can be toured without committing to a “bundle.” How much it will cost will depend on a few key factors, namely, whether you want to visit during the mid-day “peak” hours, or earlier in the morning or later in the afternoon, referred to as “off-peak.” Peak hour tours run ~$75/person plus taxes and fees, off-peak typically runs ~$60/person ++ You would need to make reservations as far in advance as you can, but all this may be a moot point. We have heard talk locally of the closure of the Antelope Canyons being extended through the summer. Though that has yet to be confirmed, I would start looking at “plan B” options.
      Red Canyon aka Peek-A-Boo Canyon (not to be confused with Peek-A-Boo Canyon in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument!) is a family-friendly slot canyon is located between Kanab and Mt. Carmel Junction, Utah, approximately 90 minutes from Page, AZ. With twists and turns on par with the Antelope Canyons, this short but memorable walk features classic slot canyon scenery (including the occasional light beams in the summertime), as well as some unique features such as ancient “moqui” steps, and “Shaman’s Needle,” a pencil-thin stone column located in a small sub-drainage near the canyon’s entrance. While a guided tour is not required to get to Peek-A-Boo, we strongly recommend that you consider taking one, because while the walk through the canyon itself is usually not difficult, the drive to get there can be. 4WD vehicles with adequate clearance are a definite must, with tire pressure lowered to accommodate potentially deep sand. If you’re driving a rental car, forget it! You will void your insurance the minute your tires part with the pavement, which means you’d be on the hook for a very expensive rescue, should you need one, and have to foot the bill for any damage you’d sustain. If you want to try your hand at self-driving, go 7.5 miles past the Kanab, UT, city limit sign on US 89; turn onto BLM road #102 and follow it 4 miles in until you find the parking area. For those who would prefer to explore Peek-A-Boo in the safety and comfort of a guided tour, there are several reputable companies to choose from in Kanab, UT, including:
      – Dreamland Safari Tours, (435) 412-1790, http://www.dreamlandtours.net
      – TC Tours, (435) 668-5262, http://www.slotcanyontourskanab.com
      – Kanab Tour Company, (435) 644-5525, http://www.kanabtourcompany.com
      – Forever Adventure Tours, 435-644-5700, http://www.foreveradventuretours.com
      – Grand Circle Tours, (928) 691-0166, http://www.vermillioncliffs.net
      If you’re up for something a little more adventurous, Wire Pass Canyon is a photogenic two-part slot canyon that is short enough for intermediate-level hikers to enjoy, yet offers the option to delve further into Buckskin Gulch for those wanting more of a challenge. The walk to the entrance of the initial slot is via a typically dry streambed, which may feature deep sand. An 8-10’ drop a short distance into the slot canyon is one reason why Wire Pass Canyon may not be appropriate for those traveling with young children, the elderly, or individuals afraid of heights. As the canyon walls become higher and closer together, they suddenly open up as the second slot connects with the Buckskin Gulch. If you’ve had enough at this point, you can simply turn around and head back to your vehicle. If you’d like to explore further, you can easily make a half-day hike out of the immediate area around the confluence with the Buckskin. Look for some bighorn sheep petroglyphs dating back hundreds, maybe thousands of years! Access to Wire Pass Canyon and the Buckskin Gulch is off US89 between Page, AZ, and Kanab, UT, on the House Rock Valley Road. Hikers are required to pay a self-permitting fee at the kiosk by the trailhead. Fair warning: the House Rock Valley Road is unpaved! While it is accessible to 2WD vehicles much of the time, if recent weather has brought any moisture whatsoever, the HRVR can turn into a muddy, impassable mess. Parties in rental cars should think twice about attempting this road since off-road driving is strictly prohibited by most rental car companies. A guided tour will get your family to Wire Pass Canyon and back in one piece, and turn you onto features you might have missed trying to find your own way. Page, AZ, and Kanab, UT based companies offering guided tours to Wire Pass Canyon and the Buckskin Gulch include:
      – Detours American West, 480-633-9013, http://www.detoursamericanwest.com
      – Paria Outpost & Outfitters, 928-691-1047, http://www.paria.com
      – Grand Staircase Discovery Tours, 928-614-4099, http://www.grandstaircasediscoverytours.com
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

    1. Hi Olivia,
      Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but closure of Navajo Reservation lands to outsiders, and the Antelope Canyons was recently extended through July 5th 🙁
      Now for the good news: there are other beautiful slot canyons near Page, AZ, that are not located on Indian Tribal lands and therefore, not bound by the closures that affect them!
      Since I don’t know the makeup of your traveling party (Kids? Seniors? Neither? Everyone in good shape, or not so much?), I’ll err on the side of caution and recommend Red Canyon aka Peek-A-Boo Canyon near Kanab, UT (not to be confused with “another” Peek-A-Boo Canyon near Escalante, UT!). It’s a beatufiul slot canyon ~ 1 hour away from Page, AZ, and an easy hike. Although a guided tour is “technically” not required to visit Red Canyon, we strongly recommend that you use one as the drive to access the canyon is on a potentially hazardous unpaved road, which shouldn’t be attempted by parties in rental cars. Licensed tour companies that can help you out are:
      – Dreamland Safari Tours, (435) 412-1790, http://www.dreamlandtours.net
      – TC Tours, (435) 668-5262, http://www.slotcanyontourskanab.com
      – Kanab Tour Company, (435) 644-5525, http://www.kanabtourcompany.com
      – Forever Adventure Tours, 435-644-5700, http://www.foreveradventuretours.com
      – Grand Circle Tours, (928) 691-0166, http://www.vermillioncliffs.net
      If everyone in your group is in relatively good shape and up for a somethign a little more adventurous, you might consider Wire Pass Canyon and/or Buckskin Gulch. These two slot canyons are located between Page, AZ, and Kanab, UT. The walk to the entrance of the initial slot (Wire Pass) is via a typically dry streambed, which may feature deep sand. An 8-10’ drop a short distance into the slot canyon is one reason why Wire Pass Canyon may not be appropriate for those traveling with young children, the elderly, or individuals afraid of heights. As the canyon walls become higher and closer together, they suddenly open up as the second slot connects with the Buckskin Gulch, which is an extremely long slot canyon that eventually joins with the Paria River. If you’ve had enough at this point, you can simply turn around and head back to your vehicle. If you’d like to explore further, you can easily make a half-day hike out of the immediate area around the confluence of Wire Pass and Buckskin. Look for some bighorn sheep petroglyphs dating back hundreds, maybe thousands of years! Access to Wire Pass Canyon and the Buckskin Gulch is off US89 between Page, AZ, and Kanab, UT, on the House Rock Valley Road. Hikers are required to pay a self-permitting fee at the kiosk by the trailhead. Fair warning: the House Rock Valley Road is unpaved! While it is accessible to 2WD vehicles much of the time, if recent weather has brought any moisture whatsoever, the HRVR can turn into a muddy, impassable mess. Parties in rental cars should think twice about attempting this road since off-road driving is strictly prohibited by most rental car companies. A guided tour will get your family to Wire Pass Canyon and back in one piece, and turn you onto features you might have missed trying to find your own way. Page, AZ, and Kanab, UT based companies offering guided tours to Wire Pass Canyon and the Buckskin Gulch include:
      Detours American West, 480-633-9013, http://www.detoursamericanwest.com
      Paria Outpost & Outfitters, 928-691-1047, http://www.paria.com
      Grand Staircase Discovery Tours, 928-614-4099, http://www.grandstaircasediscoverytours.com
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  3. Hi
    I have a trip planned to Grand Canyon at the end of June, and the upper and lower Antylope tour booked for June 27…. what is the chance that by than it will reopen… I don’t want to spend all that money to go to Arizona and not see all that I want it, I rather move my vaca there till next year….
    Will I get refunded if I will cancel? I am health care worker and as of now, if I fly anywhere, I need to quarantine for 14 days after, so if that will not change- I cannot go on my vacation anyway…… I am so stress about it all….. Any ideas?

    1. Hi Justyna,
      First off, thank you for everything you and your colleagues have been doing to help our communities through this difficult time. Totally understand the stress and frustration you must be experiencing — you guys more than anyone need a vaca!
      Unfortunately, we have no insight as to whether the Antelope Canyons will reopen by the time you visit. The fact is that the Navajo Indian Reservation (where the Antelope Canyons are located) has been hit disproportionately hard by COVID-19; you may have heard about it on the news. They need time and space to heal when this is all said and done. Besides, a confined space like a slot canyon is the last place I’d want to be with a bunch of people I don’t know, and a dangerous virus potentially floating around!
      As to whether you reshcedule your vacation is entirely up to you. If you are truly able to pick and choose when to travel, I’d suggest re-thinking your visit for mid-October. That’s a great time of year boasting nearly picture-perfect weather and thinning crowds.
      If you do decide to go for it in June, and the Antelope Canyons remain closed, you’ll be glad to know that Horseshoe Bend remains open, and the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area (Lake Powell) is implementing a “phased reopening” of facilities and activities. Also, there are other slot canyons in the area that you can visit, many of which are nowhere near as crowded as Antelope, therefore they don’t require a guided tour to visit, although you can certainly take advantage of one for safety and convenience. These include, but are not limited to:
      Wire Pass Canyon and/or the Buckskin Gulch: located down the House Rock Valley Road, turn-off between Page, AZ, and Kanab, UT, on US89, nominal entrance fee collected at self-service kiosk at the trailhead. HRVR is unpaved, and may be rendered impassable after recent rain or snow. Those in rental cars are discouraged from attempting to drive on this road. Licensed guide services for this area include Paria Outpost & Outfitters.
      Red Canyon, aka Peek-a-Boo Canyon, between Kanab, UT and Mt. Carmel Junction, UT. An easy hike, but access via a 4WD road is required. Here again, if you’re in a rental car, you may wish to go to this area with a licensed guide service such as Dreamland Safari Tours.
      Labyrinth Canyon, one of Lake Powell’s “uplake” slot canyons, access is only available by full-day kayak tour or overnight kayak tour
      Cathedral Wash, near Lees Ferry, AZ
      Hope that helps. Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

    1. Sorry Karin,
      The Antelope Canyons remain closed until further notice due to COVID-19. Another mitigating factor is that these attractions are located on the Navajo Indian Tribal Lands, whose residents have been affected in disproportionately high numbers by the virus.
      If you and the other members of your party are relatively fit, and have a vehicle with adequate suspension clearance to navigate the unpaved House Rock Valley Road, you might look into visiting the Buckskin Gulch or Wire Pass Canyon. These are located on BLM land, which remains accessible at one’s own risk.
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

    1. Hello Christian,
      We are sad to have to inform you that the Antelope Canyons have been temporarily closed to visitors at the decision of the Navajo Tribe. We support this action 100% as a slot canyon is a confined space, and sharing it with other tourists, even for a short time, can increase the chances of you being exposed to COVID-19.
      That said, there are alternatives that can save your vacation. For example, Antelope Point Marina remains open and it is still possible to take a boat tour into the water-side of Antelope Canyon, where the slot canyon joins Lake Powell. The scenery is beautiful and you will come away with a deeper understanding of the true complexity of Antelope Canyon. For more information, visit http://www.antelopecanyonboattours.com
      Another possibility would be to check out of the area’s more remote and less frequently visited slot canyons like Wire Pass Canyon and/or the Buckskin Gulch. Keep in mind, though, that the terrain surrounding these two beautiufl slot canyons is very rugged. The access road to the trailhead, the House Rock Valley Road, is unpaved, and may be rendered impassable if recent weather has been wet. Furthermore, if you’re in a rental car, driving on the HRVR would constitute off-road driving, which would void your insurance. That would put you on the hook for any damage you sustain. Definitely do your homework before committing to this Antelope Canyon alternate plan.
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

  4. Would like to stay in Page 2 nights first of April — are there any hotel/tour packages? Is it beneficial to take the aerial tour?

    1. Hi Linda!
      Not aware of any Page, AZ, hotel/tour packages per se. Many local hotels will help you with tour and activity bookings upon arrival, but honestly, all hotels and guided tours should be booked well in advance of your trip. Antelope Canyon tours especially book up weeks, sometimes months ahead.
      As to whether it’s beneficial to take an air tour, my answer is a resounding “yes,” and not just because I worked in the air tour industry for many years. Getting up above Lake Powell, Horseshoe Bend, and the Glen Canyon Dam will give you a truer appreciation of the size and scope of these monuments by themselves and in relationship to one another. In the case of Rainbow Bridge, especially, once you see it from above, you’ll be amazed that this wondrous piece of nature was ever found in the first place! Over The Rainbow & Lake Powell Air Tour
      Good luck and safe travels,
      Alley 🙂

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